Since I have started the new home tour, I’m committed to showing you the good, the bad, the unfinished, right? The guest bedrooms are functional, but not decorated. I haven’t even completely decided on what furniture stays and what goes where.
One thing we planned with this house was to put every space to maximum use. Since we don’t often have guests, it just made sense to use those rooms for other purposes as well.
Guest Bedroom 1
Just down the short hallway to the right of the bathroom is the first guest bedroom. This room is on the back side of the house.
I didn’t use the garden trellis headboard this time. Instead, I set up this iron bed which belonged to my great grandmother.
No artwork has been hung yet, and the mirror, which was in our previous keeping room, lives on the floor until I figure out what other furniture goes in here.
The multi-purpose plan may include moving my desk in here and using this space as my sewing room. I know, I know, the original plan was to use the pantry as an office/ sewing room. I’ll explain that in a later post. Our file cabinets serve a dual purpose as night stands in the guest rooms.
After getting quotes from a couple of closet organizing companies (yikes!), Richard decided to tackle the closets himself. He built adjustable shelves on one side and put up a rod on the other side. The shelves hold my greatly pared down fabric stash; the other side houses my bolts of fabric, but allows for guests to hang their clothes when needed. It may look like two closets in each room, but each room actually has one wide closet with two sets of doors.
Guest Bedroom 2
The second bedroom is a mirror image of the first, on the other side of the bathroom. In addition to the other file cabinet from our previous office, the printer lives in here for now.
Richard configured the shelving in this closet the same as the other. This closet holds blankets, boxes of old photos, and other stuff that I don’t want to stash in the attic. I haven’t attached the closet knobs yet. Rather than using dummy knobs, I chose oversized versions of the cabinet knobs we have throughout the house. I’m hoping to get to those this week. Maybe.
The curtains that we had in the previous bedrooms are too short for these windows, so I’m faced with another decision: replace or add a border of some kind to lengthen them.
Just like the guest bath, no artwork hangs on the walls yet. I think part of my paralysis is caused by the fact that the pantry, laundry, and garage are still a disaster. I’m overwhelmed with trying to figure out how to organize those spaces. When I get overwhelmed, I bury my head in the sand (or a book), and hope it’ll be better tomorrow. That hasn’t worked yet, but hope springs eternal.
How do you deal with feelings of being overwhelmed? Face it head-on or cover your eyes and sing la-la-la…?
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